But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him.
There is a picture of a woman in great sorrow. She is sitting beside the sea, looking out upon the dark waters, which have swallowed down her heart’s treasures. Close behind her is an angel with his harp, whose strings he is gently touching. But the woman is not aware of the angel’s presence and is uncomforted by the music of the celestial harp.
So it ofttimes is with mourners when Jesus Himself comes to give them consolation. In their grief they are unaware of His presence and deaf to His words of love.
We go afar in quest of Christ, while all the time He is close beside us. “Sir Launfal wandered over all the earth in search of the Holy Grail; and when at last, after long years had flown, he returned aged and bent to his old home, lo! there under his own castle walls did he find the object of his search.
So often we will find close by us, in the Scriptures we already possess, in the circumstances in which we are placed, the help we are seeking and the truth we need.”